Chronicling the cleanup and restoration of our house and property in northern Michigan

Chronicling the cleanup and restoration of our house and property in northern Michigan

Monday, December 15, 2014

...and then there was LIGHT!

A very good family friend recently came up for deer hunting, and he showed up bearing gifts.  What he brought was a mercury vapor lamp parking lot light, including the roughly 6 foot long mounting arm.  For those that have never been out in the country, when it gets dark here it REALLY gets dark.  On a moonless night you quite literally can't see your hand in front of your face.  It can make working on projects or vehicles outdoors after sunset a real challenge.

I took advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures this weekend, and mounted the light to our larger outbuilding.  It's mounted so that it will light up the "courtyard" area between the two building.  As you'll see below, the results are truly...enlightening!

These pictures really don't even do it justice.  It is far brighter than it appears here, extending well into the yard in front of the house.  That area that it's lighting up between the two barns, it's on my list of spring projects.  I am going to have a load of gravel brought in to fill in that area.  I'll have to find a solution to all of the water first, likely a french drain to run the water to a lower area.  If I were to simply fill in this area all of the water would wind up filling the smaller outbuilding.  It's already damp enough in there.

Short and sweet for this update.  Until next time!


  1. I grew up in Ocqueoc and happen to love home improvement blogs, so stumbling across your blog was like finding hidden treasure! I read every post over the course of the past couple weeks, and wanted to say thank you so much for sharing all of this. It was nice to see someone else who loves that little "town" as much as I do. I hope you are still enjoying life at Shangri La!


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